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  1.  Terror Castle
  2.  Stuttering Parrot
  3.  Whispering Mummy
  4.  Green Ghost
  5.  Vanishing Treasure
  6.  Skeleton Island
  7.  Fiery Eye
  8.  Silver Spider
  9.  Screaming Clock
10.  Moaning Cave
11.  Talking Skull
12.  Laughing Shadow
13.  Crooked Cat
14.  Coughing Dragon
15.  Flaming Footprints
16.  Nervous Lion
17.  Singing Serpent
18.  Shrinking House
19.  Phantom Lake
20.  Monster Mountain
21.  Haunted Mirror
22.  Dead Man's Riddle
23.  Invisible Dog
24.  Death Trap Mine
25.  Dancing Devil
26.  Headless Horse
27.  Magic Circle
28.  Deadly Double
29.  Sinister Scarecrow
30.  Shark Reef
31.  Scar-Faced Beggar
32.  Blazing Cliffs
33.  Purple Pirate
34.  Wandering Cave Man
35.  Kidnapped Whale
36.  Missing Mermaid
37.  Two-Toed Pigeon
38.  Smashing Glass
39.  Trail of Terror
40.  Rogues' Reunion
41.  Creep-Show Crooks
42.  Wreckers' Rock
43.  Cranky Collector

Book of Mystery Puzzles

Find Your Fate
  1.  Weeping Coffin
  2.  Dancing Dinosaur
  7.  House of Horrors
  8.  Savage Statue

Crimebusters
  1.  Hot Wheels
  2.  Murder To Go
  3.  Rough Stuff
  4.  Funny Business
  5.  An Ear For Danger
  6.  Thriller Diller
  7.  Reel Trouble
  8.  Shoot the Works
  9.  Foul Play
10.  Long Shot
11.  Fatal Error

Conservation

Cleaning

Dusting

When dusted off, books should be held tightly closed to avoid damaging page edges or working dirt into the interior of the volume. Dust only with a clean feather duster; do not use one that has been treated with any dust-attractive chemicals. These chemicals have the potential to do damage to the surfaces of the covers or to the pages, etc.

Fingerprints

Heavy fingerprint marks on semi-gloss or glossy covers can be removed by wiping the surface of the cover with a clean, slightly damp cloth. Any moisture on the cover must be allowed to dry completely before the book is reshelved or placed back into storage. Never wipe the textblock edges or individual pages.

Marks and Stains

If there are grease-like marks in the book try absorbing them by interleaving the book with paper towels and closing the book flat for a day or so. If that is unsuccessful, the grease is probably too ingrained to be removed safely and it's best to leave it alone.

Erase pencil marks using a white plastic eraser (such as Magic Rub, Staedtler Mars, etc.). Stroke with the eraser in a forward motion towards the page edge. Brush away eraser dust and dirt very lightly with a soft brush. Always brush away from the gutter of the book to the edge. Make sure there is no residue remaining before closing the book.

Ink and highlighter marks cannot be removed. Any attempt will simply do more damage to the page than the marks themselves.

Mold

Mold growth occurs on books that are stored in damp, dark locations. While minor mold growth is not likely to do major damage to a book, it is unsightly, emits a foul odor and can spread if not removed. To remove mold, first check if it is active (dark and oily) or dormant (dry and flaky) mold. If there is dormant mold, place the book in a cool, dry environment with plenty of air circulation. If the book is stored for an extended period under such conditions, the mold will become very dry and can be gently scraped or wiped off, again always from the gutter to the edge of a page or from the spine toward the edge of the textblock. The same technique can be applied to books affected with active mold, but it will take much longer (as much as a month) and the new environment must be very dry. DO NOT attempt to clean active mold too soon! Premature cleaning attempts will grind the mold into the covers or paper and cause stains that are almost impossible to remove.

Mildew or musty odor is a byproduct of mold and can remain in a book even after the mold has been removed. Fortunately, the odor can usually be eliminated with the following procedure:

1. Pour a few inches of baking soda into a large plastic container with a tight fitting lid.
2. In a smaller container place the book; this container does not need a lid.
3. Place the smaller container into the larger container and put the lid on the larger container.
4. Place the larger container in a cool, dry and well ventilated area.
5. In approximately 1 to 7 days, the odor should completely disappear. If not, the book may be left in for a longer time, but no longer than a total of about three weeks.

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This page last updated on 02-Sep-03